By Trisha Harinath, Project Consultant Adri Scheepers, Photography Karl Rogers

Extensive research, by both the architect and the home owners, on the impressive Château de Maisons in Paris was the focal point for the design of this astounding home. Here, for the first time, Mansart used the high-pitched roof with tall windows, a style which eventually became known as a mansard.

The mansards that grace the exterior of the imposing structure are a key highlight of this home’s architectural design. According to the owner, the greatest challenge that they faced was to keep the design as original as possible while using materials and products that are available to the South African market.

The inside areas create a feeling of lavish space and royal grandeur. A majestic wooden staircase leads the way to the first floor. The entrance hall has a 12m-high ceiling that has been accentuated with authentic crystal chandeliers. The huge dining room, an area that stands out in its stateliness, features pressed ceilings, wooden flooring and a fireplace, ensuring that this room offers a true entertainment experience that resembles bygone eras of ballrooms and banquets.

Guaranteeing creature comforts are elements including underfloor heating throughout, air conditioning, fireplaces, a heated chlorinated pool, a room with a jetted spa bath, top-of-the-range security systems and an electronic irrigation system.

All in all, this grand home offers its residents a best-of-the-best lifestyle. With its authentic landscapes, interiors, dazzling exterior and myriad exceptional finishing touches, fittings, fixtures and furnishings, it is no wonder that the home is known as the French Château, and has become a landmark in its estate.

Easylife Kitchens Faerie Glen (082 887 8187)was commissioned to design, create and install all of the cabinetry throughout this breathtakingly beautiful home. The scope of the project included all the built-in cupboards, bathroom vanities, wooden flooring, made-to-order architraves and skirting, four kitchens, display cabinets and bar. The company used its meticulous craftsmanship to produce spaces that emit timeless aesthetics. The main kitchen and bar were designed to show off dramatic, bold and stylish areas. The experts at Easylife Kitchens ensured that the cabinetry that it produced for this home significantly enhances the exterior of the home in terms of attention to detail. By using non-standard 3,2m-high wall units, the cabinetry also complements the 5m-high ceilings.ROMA NAUDE (082 600 8440)of Remax Property Merchants, is a property consultant specialising in upmarket homes in the secure Mooikloof Equestrian Estate in Pretoria. This exclusive estate is best described as a piece of paradise in the middle of suburbia. To find your dream home, just call on Roma’s expertise.